MSc Dental Public Health

Dental Public Health Taught Programmes
MSc in Dental Public Health
The MSc in Dental Public Health (DPH) is a one year full-time, or two year part-time programme, beginning in September each year, which has been running since 1976. The DPH Master's at UCL has an international reputation and over 200 students from all over the world have successfully completed the programme. Based in the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health the programme provides a challenging and innovative course of study. A particular strength is the focus on exploring the application of public health philosophy to dental public health issues. The programme aims to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the principles of dental public health and its application in the prevention and treatment of oral diseases.

The aims of the Master's course in Dental Public Health are to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the principles of dental public health and its application in the prevention and treatment of oral diseases.

The specific course objectives are to enable students to:

  1. understand the underlying philosophy of public health and dental public health
  2. apply the key principles of the Primary Health Care Approach
  3. apply the theory and practice of epidemiology, statistics and social sciences to dental public health
  4. understand the principles and practice of planning and evaluating oral health promotion interventions and dental health care systems

Students following the MSc programme will complete a dissertation that develops research skills and competencies in quantitative and qualitative research methods.

The MSc programme has been designed as a modular course over 3 terms

MSc Dental Public Health: Term One

 Course content
Module 1: Philosophy and Principles of Dental Public Health
Module 2: Basic Statistics and Medical Sciences
Module 3: Oral Epidemiology

MSc Dental Public Health: Term Two

 Course content
Module 4: Regression Modelling
Module 5: Research Methods in Dental Public Health 
Module 6: Principles and Practice of Oral Health Promotion

 MSc Dental Public Health: Term Three

 Course content
Module 7: Evidence-Based Dental Practice
Module 8: Principles of Planning
Module 9: Dissertation

The MSc degree (180 credits) is calculated as follows:

  • 120 Credits ( For 8 taught modules): Course work assessment including multiple-choice questions and open questions, essays, presentations, data analysis etc.
  • 60 Credits: Dissertation

Formal appraisal of teaching quality is carried out by colleagues, external assessors and anonymous student evaluation.

Courses are taught in a mixture of small seminars, larger lectures, supervised practical work and in computer based cluster rooms.  Specialist sessions and expert statistical assistance will also be provided.

All students and staff are encouraged to attend and participate in the department's lunchtime seminars and other research groups meetings.

Teaching Staff
Programme Director - Professor Richard Watt
Programme Administrator - Louise Gregory
UCL Staff
Professor Aubrey Sheiham
Professor Martin Hobdell
Dr George Tsakos
Dr Anja Heilmann (nee Scheiwe)
Ms Huda Yusuf
Mr Patrick Rouxel
External Staff
Dr Paul Batchelor (Honorary Lecturer UCL)
Dr Paul Brocklehurst (University of Manchester)
Dr Blanaid Daly (King's College London)
Dr Helen Crawley (First Steps Nutrition)
Sue Gregory (Deputy Chief Dentist, Department of Health)
Professor Ian Needleman (Eastman Dental Institute)
Professor Tim Newton (King's College London)
Jenny Oliver (Berkshire East & Buckinghamshire PCT)
Professor Elizabeth Treasure (Cardiff University)
Professor Saman Warnakulasuriya (King's College London)

A dental degree or dental therapy/hygiene degree from a recognised university and relevant experience in dental public health or community dentistry.

For overseas students: TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) with normally a minimum score of 580 in the paper test or 237 in the computer-based testing system; or IELTS (British Council's International English Language Testing System) with normally a minimum score of 6.; or CPE (Cambridge of Proficiency in English) with a minimum grade of C.

General enquiries regarding admission should be addressed to:

Louise Gregory (

Dental Public Health Group
Dept of Epidemiology and Public Health
UCL, 1-19 Torrington Place
London WC1E 6BT

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7679 1950; Fax: +44 (0) 20 3108 3354

Full information on how to apply is on UCL's main website

All fees quoted are for the session 2012-2013 and relate to the whole session. Fees for subsequent years are subject to increase. UK/EU: Full-time £7,750, Overseas: Full-time £20,000. Part-time fees information available on request. Full details of programme fees and funding opportunities can be found on the UCL Resource Site for Students.

Find out more about our new MSc studentship by clicking HERE

The UCL Research Department of Epidemiology and Public Health is offering two one-year Studentships for full-time students undertaking the MSc in Health and Society: Social Epidemiology (The Michael Marmot UCL Studentship in Social Epidemiology) and Dental Public Health (The Aubrey Sheiham UCL Studentship in Dental Public Health). The awards will start in October 2014 and the Studentships will consist of £2,500 towards tuition fees. The recipients will be expected to secure the remaining part of their tuition fees and to cover their living costs.

Eligibility requirements

Candidates can be from any country but must be intending to pursue the full-time UCL MSc in Health and Society: Social Epidemiology or Dental Public Health; and by the deadline for the Studentship application they must have received an unconditional offer of admission for the respective course. The applicants with a conditional offer can apply for the Studentship but must receive an unconditional offer before the end of July 2014 to be eligible for the Studentship.

Selection criteria

Awards will be made on the basis of experience, qualifications and future academic potential assessed by curriculum vitae and through Skype interview. Shortlisted candidates will be also asked to write a 2000-word essay on a pre-defined public health topic. The Studentships will be awarded upon the recommendation of an academic selection panel chaired by Head of Department, Professor Richard Watt.

Value and duration

The value of each award is £2,500. Awards are tenable for one year of full-time study only for the session 2014-2015.

Terms and conditions of the award

  • The Studentship may be held alongside other scholarships, studentships, awards or bursaries.
  • The Studentship cannot be transferred to another institution, nor deferred to a later year.
  • The Studentship will go towards the recipient’s tuition fees; any remaining tuition fees will be payable by the recipient.
  • The Studentship payments will only be made if the recipient is fully enrolled in the above mentioned MSc courses at UCL.
  • All awards are subject to the provisions of the General Regulations for Scholarships, Awards, Bursaries, Prizes and medals.

Application procedure:

Eligible candidates must submit a copy of their UCL offer, CV and supporting statement to Emily Skinner (

Studentship Application deadline:

The deadline for submissions is 5pm on 30 June 2014.

Applications will be reviewed by the academic selection panel and shortlisted candidates will be invited for a Skype interview and will be given a topic for the essay.

Important notes

Studentship applicants without an admissions offer at the time of the studentship deadline will be excluded from the application process at this point. It is for this reason that we recommend you apply for admission as early as possible.

Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted. Your Studentship application must be complete to be valid. We will not inform you whether your application has been received or whether it is complete, nor contact you for missing documents. Incomplete applications are invalid and will not be processed.

Notification of results

Only shortlisted candidates will be notified. Those shortlisted will be notified by email not later than 10th July 2014. It is expected that the whole selection process will be completed by the end of July.  

Successful and reserve candidates will be notified either in writing or by email thereafter.

Further information

You can download an electronic copy of the above infomration by clicking here.

For general enquiries regarding admissions, application forms, and registration for both MSc courses please contact:

Emily Skinner

MSc course administrator



Professor Sir Michael Marmot, Director of the International
Institute of Society and Health and MRC Research Professor
in Epidemiology

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